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a Forward. proctor of the Bullingdon Club, retired Barrister. Once ran 100 meters unassisted.

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The power of '1' - an ontology of numbers

I must acknowledge Bluesfan, who germinated these thoughts, and apologise to Wilbur Smith – this is no story of the courage of a single person in the face of oppression and adversity, or the conversion of a drop of water into a waterfall – this is a story of the numbers, plain and simple.

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Super Rugby fantasy versus reality

I worked with a group of Englishmen who introduced me to Fantasy English Premier League – I performed poorly until I learned that picking a side to win a fantasy league is entirely different to picking a side to win an actual game.

your logic is impeccable!

Australia let down by poor discipline in final game of the season

Hooper declined 7 penalties. Even close to 50% success is 9 points!

Australia let down by poor discipline in final game of the season

The fact that Hodge had another chance to win the game says everything about Hoopers dismal and persistent failure to take points when available.

Australia let down by poor discipline in final game of the season

Suggestion – long kicks into touch are chased by non-kicking players that limit the opportunity for teams to take a quick throw-in. The chasers would otherwise be offside but for the ball being in touch. The ball chasers should be limited to the line where the ball crosses into touch. The defending team can then move the ball back and recommence play with a quick throw without interference by chasing players. This would speed the game and induce a speedy counter attack.

Thoughts?

Three easy changes to improve rugby right now

RA accounts showed they saved circa $12 mil in the year after they cut the Force – salary, plus on-costs. The true cost is actually closer to $15 mil, with the balance usually coming from sponsorship.

Twiggy, here's your 2021 shopping list

Great article Richard, and very interesting follow-up comments too. I love the concept Kearns getting the RWC gig to get him out of the way! If the only benefit is removing him from the commentary box, that alone would suffice.

Phil Kearns: Keeping the elephants inside the tent

Cheika’s game plan:

“On attacking line-outs, 7 will move to 13 in anticipation of 2, who’s a 23, gifting the ball to the opposition, thereby cunningly providing the opportunity to counter-attack, in which case 14’s skills come in to play, once he has retreated from the 12 position.

15 will play at 14, and 14 will play 15, but, in defence, 15 at 12 on attack – except counter-attack, when the 12, who is a 10, is filling in for 10 who is a 12, except for set pieces.

9 will play a defensive role, except in attack.

14, the right wing, will play left wing on kick off but right wing for a 22. But 14 must move to left wing when 11, who is the left wing, is chasing a re-start from the 22.

7 will play at 8, except when 7 is playing 11 or 14, which will be between minutes 23 and 32, and when 15, who is playing 14 is actually playing 12.

On defensive set pieces, 10 will move to 12, and 7 to 3, except for line-outs.”

MC = Absolute friggn’ joke.

Cheika denies O’Connor’s World Cup claims

A lot of very logical suggestions in this well researched piece Joe. However, 2022 is 18 months away. The ARUs capacity to mobilise itself and effect any change let alone the global shifts you propose is honestly impossible. It lacks the leadership, executive horsepower, skills and money.

Most importantly, the ARU lacks respect and influence.

It ain’t going to happen.

My fearless predictions for rugby in 2022 and beyond

Al Baxter, Rob Simmonds, Bernard Foley got votes. Proves Roar readers havent lost their sense of humour!!

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

If Beale is not dropped until his performance improves then this proves Keith’s point – the remainder of the team will not feel they are accountable either, and that’s the slippery slope of a poisonous culture.

Are the Waratahs a symbol of an ordinary workplace?

Very amusing – clever!!!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

100% Fumbles…..

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

touche bro!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Fair enough. What Hooper does is subject to intense, probably unfair scrutiny. I’m 57.5% against him, 22.3% in favour, remainder undecided, irrespective how he plays, he’s never better than 50%. Same rating as the Tahs overall, except for byes.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Yep. Not the destination, just the journey!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

The only three things Skelton cleaned out simultaneously were Mrs Macs.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Wasn’t trying to win an argument just saying folks views on Hooper are polarised. Refer answer to Mzikazi below.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

The issue with Hooper is I like and loathe him. First Crusaders try after the break he just bounced off the Crusaders player like a rag doll- this led directly to their try. Make no mistake his has my admiration but I was just making the point that he is a polarising player. But there are no “ absolutisims” – he’s neither the best not the worst!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

Commitment is not enough!

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

One could also argue he is the least effective 7 in the world.

Waratahs' experience counting for not very much at all

I was on a boring phone conference when I read your comment and burst out laughing!! LOUD.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 4

Irrespective of the money and let’s assume it was $0, the fact that RA got his dismissal so wrong and even had to apologise means they comprehensively stuffed up.

Why everyone got it wrong about Rugby Australia and Israel Folau

Don’t disagree at all. It’s usually the CEO that proposes the strategy, often working closely with the Chair who canvasses the board so that the CEO isn’t totally embarrassed. All very cosy really.

Raelene Castle's tenure has been a failure – what else did RA expect?

And, Clyne interviewed by Ben fordham on Friday said the settlement was unanimously endorsed by the Boards of RA and NSW.

NOT the CEO acting alone.

Raelene Castle's tenure has been a failure – what else did RA expect?

Agree. Folau thinks he is beyond reproach.

The last column about Israel Folau ever, I promise